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No less a scholar than Socrates warned us that writing words down on parchment would kill our memories. Conversely, technological advances have also been seen as life-giving and nourishing, particularly by early indigenous populations who innovated to advance agriculture and irrigation. This fundamental separation — whether technology is bringing us together or pulling us apart — is alive in the 21st century, including within U.S. higher education. Students and faculty are the most impacted.
Here are the challenges that face our faculty today:
- Students who have access to smartphones and high-speed Internet may be distracted by a bombardment of quick and often shallow information.
- Students who do not have access could fall behind through no fault of their ability to learn.
- Faculty expectations and practices are changing at many institutions because Web 2.0 learning technologies are continuously evolving.
Source: EDUCAUSE Review